As I stood at my own birthday party, listening to my husband’s speech about me, I could no longer silence the thought that had started as a low-level hum five years ago and built until I could no longer ignore it… did I want to leave him?
Steph has spent decades building a family with her husband Mal, and putting that family first. She is the glue that holds them all together and she has convinced herself that she’s been happy… most of the time. But as she stands at her birthday party watching her husband talking about a wonderful marriage she doesn’t fully recognise, the doubts that she has been pushing down for so long begin to grow…
After the party, as Steph tries to gather her courage to leave Mal, she receives a letter from her old friend Evie. Steph hasn’t spoken to Evie since a sunny weekend on a holiday beach twenty years earlier, when the two friends said things to each other that could never be unsaid. And now, Evie is seeking a reunion and a way to repair the friendship. But this reunion threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy two families.
Other People’s Marriages is an absolutely unputdownable and heartbreaking read about the lies we tell to keep our loved ones close. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
Other People’s Marriages is a captivating story that surrounds the life of three women – Teresa, Steph and Evie, who meet one another at a baby and toddler group in 1984. With every passing year, the friendship these women share grows deeper. But that all takes a drastic change when what should be a fun filled group holiday results in a rift between Steph and Evie. Following the fallout of the holiday, it is twenty-three years until the women see one another again.
We then find our self in the present day where we meet Steph once again. Now in her sixties, Steph finds herself questioning everything about her marriage with Mal, and if that isn’t enough drama for her, she also gets herself over involved in her son’s marriage too.
The story then takes us through various timelines and allows us to see the story from different perspectives too as we catch up with Teresa and Evie and their relationships too. Just as we know from real life, relationships are never perfect – whether that be romantic or a friendship, and this story certainly takes you on a journey alongside these characters.
This book is full of drama and intrigue from the moment you turn the first page. Each of the characters faces their own troubles, most of which are hidden behind closed doors, showing that not everyone’s lives are as perfect as they might appear from the outside. The storyline itself is so detailed and realistic, you can practically picture the scenes playing out before your eyes as you become fully engaged in the lives of these characters that are brought to life on the pages of this book.
A dramatic story that has me hooked to the very end. Full of tension and deceit, this is an unforgettable read.
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About the Author
Kerry Fisher is a million-copy bestselling author. She writes women’s contemporary fiction, is a USA Today bestseller and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. After returning to England to work as a journalist, she eventually abandoned real life stories for the secrets of fictional families. She lives in Surrey with her husband, and a naughty Lab/Schnauzer called Poppy, who joins in the huge dances of joy when her young adult children come home.
*Thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bookouture and Kerry Fisher for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*